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PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE: Why we can’t vote Trump

PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE: Why we can’t vote Trump

You may have heard that I don’t have much patience for politicians, especially ones who want our help when they’re desperate for votes or contributions – then ignore us when we need their support. I liked Bernie Sanders because he was different in all the right ways. He says the right things and votes the [&hellip

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New film promotes “Medicare for all”

New film promotes “Medicare for all”

The ILWU Puget Sound District Council and Harry Bridges Center for Labor Studies sponsored a September 21showing of the new film called “Fix It: Health Care at the Tipping Point.” The one-hour documentary explains why America’s patchwork of government- funded, privately-controlled, employer-based health care is failing both workers and businesses because it results in higher [&hellip

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ILWU helps pro-union candidates

ILWU helps pro-union candidates

As the Dispatcher goes to press in mid-October, teams of ILWU members are being dispatched to work in six states where pro-union candidates are fighting to win seats in the U.S. Senate – and stop anti-union Presidential Candidate Donald Trump from reaching the White House. In early September, International President Robert McEllrath notified local unions [&hellip

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Pet coke transport workers vote to join ILWU

Pet coke transport workers vote to join ILWU

JBA Transport workers who haul petroleum coke from California oil refineries to storage facilities and docks voted overwhelmingly to join the ILWU on September 1. Teamster-company deal rejected In the same vote, workers soundly rejected a representation bid from the Teamsters Union that managed to win only 2 votes from the 23 JBA employees, despite [&hellip

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Honoring the past and passing the torch: 49th Annual PCPA convention convenes in Tacoma

Honoring the past and passing the torch: 49th Annual PCPA convention convenes in Tacoma

The 49th annual Pacific Coast Pensioners Association (PCPA) convention met in Tacoma, WA from Sept 12-

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Longshore Elected Delegates Vote to Meet with West Coast Employers To Discuss Their Request for a Contract Extension

SAN FRANCISCO, CA (August 11, 2016) – More than 100 delegates from 30 West Coast ports from San Diego, CA to Bellingham, WA, who were elected by rank and file members of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU), convened this week to consider an employer request to discuss the possibility of an extension to [&hellip

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West Coast dockworkers will honor “Hour of silence” on Thursday, July 7

West Coast dockworkers will honor an international “day of action” on Thursday, July 7 , by observing an “hour of silence” in honor of workers who have died on the docks here and abroad

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ILWU leaders join global effort to hold Rio Tinto accountable

ILWU leaders join global effort to hold Rio Tinto accountable

The ILWU leaders joined nearly 50 of their counterparts from 11 countries who comprise the Rio Tinto Global Union Network

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Josh Williams: Local 10 Drill Team Founder

Josh Williams: Local 10 Drill Team Founder

Josh Williams, the longtime ILWU member and pensioner who created and led Local 10’s famous Drill Team, passed on June 3 at

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ILWU volunteers join Oakland District 5 clean-up

ILWU volunteers join Oakland District 5 clean-up

An estimated 100 ILWU volunteers provided most of the labor and resources for a successful community clean-up effort in partnership with Oakland District 5 Councilmembers Noel Gallo on Saturday, May 14. The impressive turnout topped results from the previous clean-up efforts held last October. “ILWU volunteers are such a welcome and important part of our [&hellip

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